Billy Graham Center Archives Annual Report - 2000 Annual Report - Public Service
1/99 "Thank you for all the info and picture. I will use it for a bulletin board in my classroom.
We are reading the biography of Sunday by Elaine Cunningham (5th and 6th graders at a Christian school) Thanks again!!!! God bless you for your efforts." E-mail from a teacher at a Christian secondary school, about information she had received on Billy Sunday
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Public Service Statistics 1980-2000
- All categories are exclusive. That is, if a phone caller asks for an inter-library loan, the request is counted under "Inter-Library Loan" or Phone" but not under both.
- BGEA: Requests for information from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
- Classes: Lecture given to a group in the Reading Room
- Presentations: Lectures given anywhere outside of the Reading Room
- Personal Contacts: Assistance given by staff to a researcher on a one-to-one basis, outside of
the Reading Room.
- Before 1991, all assistance that was not for the BGEA or was not given in a letter or over the phone was lumped together as "Personal Contact." Also, before 1991, if a staff member spoke to a class of 30 people, that was counted as 30 Personal contacts. Now it would be counted as 1 class.
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Click on any or all of the these links to see the year's issues of the
Archives newsletter. (Starting in January 2001 the newsletter is only available online via the World Wide Web.)
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a darkened podium in Barrows Auditorium delivering the BGC Archives part of the annual Treasures of Wheaton
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program. Every year in May, each of the three archives on campus makes a
presentation based on
documents from their holdings. This year, Paul's talk
(which was illustrated
with video clips and other materials from our
Web site exhibit) was
entitled: Flickering Images and the Timeless Gospel:
Percy Crawford and the
Birth of Televangelism.
The three archives on campus began this year to meet regularly
to discuss common problems and investigate solutions.
During the year, the Archives received $9,600 in gifts. We also received $5,900 in fees for the use and/or duplication of materials.
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Following is a select list of the organizations, Christian and secular, which the Archives assisted in one way or another during the year.
Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, Australia
Apostolic Christian Church (Nazarene)
Baker Book House
Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma
Baptist Theological College of Western Australia
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Books and Culture
Cable Network News
Campus Crusade for Christ
Catholic University of America
Central Rappahannock Regional Library
Christian and Missionary Alliance
Christian Literature Crusade
Christian reformed Church in America
Christian Theological Seminary
Christianity Today Inc.
Church History Institute
Cross Point magazine
Daily Telegraph NY
David C. Cook Publishing
The DeMoss Group
Detroit Free Press
Ethics and Public Policy Center
Family Net TV
Florida Times Union
Geneva Public Library
Hal Bernard Dixon Jr. Pentecostal Research Center
Harvest Bible Chapel
Hale/Illinois Baptist State Association
Hearts for Romania
Hiram College Archives
Hong Kong Baptist University
Houghton Mifflin Publishers
Institute on World War II & the Human Experience, Florida State University
International Fellowship of Evangelical Students
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
Iowa State University Archives
Jews for Jesus
John Garrick Ministries
Just Between You and Us
Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization
Mars Hill Productions
Moody Bible Institute
North American Indian Ministries
Oxford University Press
Peale Center for Christian Living
Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Prison Fellowship International
Radiant Life Curriculum
Rockford Rescue Mission
Southern Baptist Convention, International Mission Board
Southern Baptist Convention, North American Mission Board
Specialty Research Associates
Stanford University Libraries
Sun Herald Newspapers
United States Center for World Missions
University of Alaska-Fairbanks
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
U.S. Center for World Missions
The Wade Center
Wartburg Theological Seminary
Washington Bible College
Western Washington University
WJXX radio, Jacksonville, Florida
World Book Publications Research Library
Wycliffe Bible Translators
Young Life Service Center
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Hong Kong Interlude
In February, Paul represented the Archives in its ongoing interaction with and contribution to
developing archives. At the invitation of Hong Kong Baptist University, from which Irene
Wong had come for a half year of training during 1999, he relocated to Hong Kong for two
weeks to present lectures and a workshop, observe and evaluate the HKBU's Archives of
Christianity in China, and become familiar with the context in which archives in Hong Kong
This phase of interaction between HKBU and the BGC Archives was a two-way street to
which both archives contributed. Paul offered lectures to history students, archivists and
the public on oral history methodology and missions in China in the mid-1900s, while the
HKBU Library hosted these public events to provide public exposure for its collection (see inset from promotional poster at left). The
Library also sponsored an all-day seminar on developing a simple congregational archives.
Attended by 155 participants, Paul spoke and interacted with participants while Wong
translated and provided relevant clarification for Hong Kong archivists and church leaders. Paul later commented that...
"...The enthusiasm expressed in the attendance figures at the workshop was
matched by questions which revealed a growing understanding of archives
theory, recognition of the implications of these on archival practice in the Hong
Kong context, and a determination to find workable solutions. The
collaboration between the Archives of Christianity in China, other University
departments and Christian agencies in Hong Kong to sponsor these events
becomes an additional resource for HKBU's collecting and outreach."
In his consultation with the Archives of Christianity in China, Paul found a young
program anticipating the arrival of its first collection of private papers and working to finalize
its collection policy. HKBU had already coordinated training for Wong, its first archivist, and
was now seeking to strengthen links in the Hong Kong Christian community to assist church
archives and gather new material. As for local context, in addition to Paul's conferring
with Hong Kong church leaders and administrators, he participated in the HKBU-sponsored
tour to the Public Records Office (HK's government archives) and the Catholic diocesan
archives, which added to the many highlights of his visit. Paul as he looks back now adds:
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"I hope our contribution to the ongoing development of HKBU's Archives of
Christianity in China will be lasting, but a personal benefit of the trip for me
was in observing archives in another culture, helping them consider and apply
archival principles in their context, and engaging in professional interaction
with a common goal."
Thank you very much for making available the documents in the article,
"Who's in Charge". I am a seminary professor in Indonesia, and we desperately
need access to things like this to help expand the world view of our students.
By downloading articles and info like this, I can teach them how to research
and study topics like this that have direct application to their lives and
ministries. We are blessed by your efforts! Praying you are blessed and
rewarded in the work there as well. E-mail message regarding the Archives online exhibit Who's In Charge? The Transition from Missionary to National Authority.
In the year 2000, people walked through the front door (http://www2.wheaton.edu/bgc/archives/archhp1.html) of the Archives Web site 21,650 times, a 50% increase from 1999. As can be seen from the chart above, the staff handled 575 e-mailed requests for information.
Hundreds of pages of guides, documents, images as well as dozens of audio clips
were made available through the Archives Web page. Among the items made available in this way were:
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- Evangelism Archives - Presentations of the Gospel from a variety of times
in a variety of formats. Included are Billy Graham's sermons from the 1958
Charlotte Crusade, posters used in street corner evangelism in China, and the
stirring prayers of missionary and scholar Donald McGavran.
- Audio excerpt from the oral history interview with Andrew Wyzenbeek remembers his first encounter with the gospel, attending a Billy Sunday meeting in 1908, and the power of the Bible in drawing him to faith.
- Audio excerpt from the oral history interview with Gospel musician and composer Merrill Dunlop in which he describes the early days of radio broadcasting in Chicago and his part with evangelist Paul Rader in the city's first Christian radio program.
- Audio excerpt from the oral history interview with missionary Herbert Downing in which he remembers Theodore Roosevelt's 1909 visit to Rift Valley Academy in Kenya for the laying of the school's cornerstone.
- Audio excerpt from the oral history interview with prison and jail chaplain Mother Consuella York in which she assesses the qualities and character needed to have an effective spiritual ministry to prisoners.